Mayaguez is part of the Porta del Sol touristic region in Puerto Rico.
Mayagüez is located near the geographical center of the west coast of Puerto Rico about two to three hours by automobile from San Juan. Its land area is 77.6 square miles (201.06 km2). The city's terrain includes; coast plains, river valleys, marshland, hills and mountains.
Mayaguez has a floating population due to its universities, principally the University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez Campus of about 15,000-20,000 which contributes considerably to its economy.
Mayagüez's contributions to Puerto Rican gastronomy have been many, and a few of these are known outside Puerto Rico. Besides being host to one of the largest concentrations of mango trees in the island, the city has been a host to various food enterprises whose products are popular in Puerto Rico